Tuesday, May 4, 2010

UPDATED: Time Square car bomber suspect Faisal Shahzad - ARRESTED! (video added)

Not many details for now, will update as I find them.  Here is what we have from Fox News so far. 
Fox News: BREAKING NEWS -- Federal authorities arrested a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent Monday night at New York's JFK Airport in connection with the attempted Times Square car bombing, Fox News has learned.
The man was identified as Shahzad Faisal, 30, of Connecticut, according to NBC News.
Police had interviewed the registered owner of the bomb-laden sports-utility vehicle. They said he was not a suspect, but he recently sold the dark-colored 1993 Nissan Pathfinder on Craigslist to another individual, whom the Associated Press reported was a Pakistani-American. [More]

UPDATE I: New York Post 
Police have arrested a Connecticut man in connection with the attempted car bombing of a busy Times Square street Saturday night. Shahzad Faisal, of Shelton, Conn., was taken into custody late last night at JFK International Airport as he tried to slink out of the country, CNN reported.
Earlier today, federal authorities said they dentified a naturalized American citizen who recently returned from Pakistan as a "person of interest" in the attempted carbombing on Broadway Saturday night but did not release his name.
Associated Press, quoting two law enforcement officials, reported that he is the man who purchased the SUV involved in the attempted bombing.
UPDATE II: Facebook page for Shahzad Faisal 
Gateway Pundit: Here’s a photo of Shahzad Faisal in front of Macy’s from his Facebook page:
 He has 115 friends on his Facebook page.

UPDATE III: Suspect attempting to flee to Dubai, identified by email
Many more details from NBC News. We learn that Shahzad Faisal was attempting to flee to Dubai. The authorities were able to track him down by an email he sent to the original owner of the Nissan Pathfinder. 
NBC News: NEW YORK - Authorities arrested U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad in connection with the failed bombing attempt in New York's Times Square as he tried to flee the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday.
Shahzad was arrested trying to board a flight to Dubai at New York's JFK airport, Holder said in an early morning press conference on Tuesday.[…]
"It was clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," he said.
The officials said the man was a Connecticut resident who paid cash weeks ago for the SUV parked in Times Square on Saturday and rigged with a crude propane-and-gasoline bomb.
NBC's Williams reported the man's name was on an e-mail that was sent to the seller of the car last month, as well as other evidence suggesting he had a role in the attempted bombing.

UPDATE IV: Video Eric Holder press conference on Shahzad Faisal

I wonder if Eric Holder still thinks it is a good idea to have the KSM trials in New York?

Update V: Luck is not an effective deterrent

I was just thinking about how both the Underpants Bomber and now the Time Square Car Bomber were both able to execute their plans just seconds away from success. It was sheer luck that in both cases something failed at the last second.

We cannot count on luck for long to save us from another attack. Where were our anti terror forces to catch these guys in the early stages of their attacks? Both of these men were able to plan their attacks, purchase materials, construct the devices, transport their devices and damn near fully execute their attacks. Meanwhile nowhere along the line did the FBI, CIA, NSA, DHS or any of our myriad of acronyms catch on. This does not bode well for our safety and it is completely unacceptable.

As a nation, we have paid dearly for heighten security, in both tax dollars and our own personal liberties, since 9/11 and what do we get for our troubles? The grace of God stepping in at the last second! It is time we put away the Red and Blue jazz for a moment and start demanding our officials get on the ball.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: The New York Post
Via: Gateway Pundit
Via: Fox News
Via: NBC News


Anonymous said...

I noticed that one of his facebook "friends" is "HR Consulting", which appears to be an outsourcing visa body shop. I wonder if Faisal came here on one of those visas dems give out, in '09 they gave out 190,000 of those visas each month.. I guess it's just another job Americans won't do, eh? I wonder how many other terrorists have been admitted to our country through the visa system?


I watched the interview with the hero of Times Square, Duane Jackson, a Vietnam vet this afternoon. I'm darned grateful Mr. Jackson was there, but it infuriates me, that a brave citizen like himself can't get a regular job, but those like Faisal are not only given jobs, they're given subsidies and even grants to start their own businesses. I guess we're all considered expendable to the dems.

spc said...

This really makes it hard for me to have the Libertarian "heart" I truly have.

I do not believe government should have this kind of ability, but at the same time, I feel that much safer.

I brings a personal quarrel into the light- Should I sacrifice this liberty that I have known for this ability to reprimand?

It's a question everyone should ask themselves- Whatever methods they used to capture him, rest assured, can be used on you.

spc said...

1st paragraph is right on- preference due to the very same reasons Democrats claim to fight(discrimination and preference).

I saw the interview with the Vietnam vet, and I could not believe the TRUE humility that emanated from him. He was a very humble person that just happened to be very very brave.

I have heard many stories (which took years to actually communicate from my friends that were in the Iraq wars)- War is truly hell....none of us could ever imagine it because we have never been forced to do such things. It is a horrific thing to be a part of, and to come back and have the love for a people (that, at one time, shunned you- Fonda) so much so that you would risk your own life for them..........well, it speaks volumes about what love is.

Anonymous said...

Appearantly the dope in chief at DHS has her system working perfectly again. Again, it isn't the DHS, FBI or even the CIA that stopped a terrorist act. Again it was an alert and brave common man. In fact, it looks like, the government did more to ENABLED this terrorist. Holder and Napalitano should be embarrassed and ashamed at how low they've brought law enforcement in this country. But hey, they're on top of those racist bills (phffffft. They should look in the mirror first) in Arizona and a dozen big mouthed nut jobs though.

Just a conservative girl said...

Well, I grew up in CT. Shelton is a pretty small town, although it has grown quite a bit in the past ten years or so.

That part of CT tends to be on the conservative side, and people like the "small town" thing i.e. they like being in your business. It is pretty hard to keep a low profile in a town like that. So I am sure that his neighbors will be singing to the press over the next few days.

tha malcontent said...

Another attempted terrorist attack foiled by luck and the terrorist’s ineptness. Why are these people not being caught earlier? Oh wait, we wouldn’t want to violate their rights by tapping their phones, or waste money on intelligence or undercover operations when we need it for health care.
Doesn’t it just seem soooo comforting to know that it WASN’T a Rightwing nut Tea Party member!

Anonymous said...

They're too busy watching PORN on their computers AT WORK when they should be on the job to keep this country safe!

I've already resigned myself to the fact that we're gonna get blown up again...just a matter of time.

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